ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported 1,565 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, along with 31 new deaths.
MDH's COVID-19 case definition includes both antigen testing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Positive PCR test results are considered confirmed cases, while positive antigen test results are considered probable cases.
Saturday's new case total includes 1,399 confirmed cases and 166 probable cases.
The total number of Minnesotans who have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began is now 453,808, with 18,627 of those as antigen test results.
MDH says 31 new deaths from the virus were reported. That pushes the total number of fatalities in Minnesota to 6,063.
To date, 23,865 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with the coronavirus since the pandemic started, with 4,961 of them needing care in the ICU.
MDH reports that 436,544 people once diagnosed with the virus have passed the point where they are required to isolate.
Of those who have tested positive, people between the ages of 20-24 account for the most cases with 45,758 cases and three deaths, and ages 25-29 follow with
40,838 cases and six deaths. Those between 85 and 89 years old account for the highest number of fatalities in one age group with 1,153 out of 5,960 cases.
In terms of likely exposure to the coronavirus, MDH says 98,111 cases were the result of community transmission with no known contact with an infected person, and 91,160 had known contact with a person who has a confirmed case.
A total of 37,494 cases involved exposure in a congregate living setting,
7,757 were in a corrections setting, and 954 were in a homeless shelter. MDH data shows 18,063 were linked to an outbreak outside of congregate living or health care.
MDH says 30,376 cases were linked to travel. Health care workers or patients account for 13,516 of diagnosed COVID-19 cases. The source of transmission for 156,371 cases is still unknown or missing.
MDH has prioritized testing for people in congregate care, hospitalized patients and health care workers, which may impact the scale of those numbers. However, now MDH is urging anyone who is symptomatic or even asymptomatic to be tested. Testing locations can be found online.
Hennepin County has the most COVID activity in the state with 94,138 cases and 1,495 deaths, followed by Ramsey County with 40,509 cases and 748 deaths, Dakota County with 33,463 cases and 350 deaths, and Anoka County with 31,283 cases and 368 deaths.
Full data, including a breakdown of PCR and antigen test totals in some categories, can be found on MDH's website.
The Minnesota Department of Health has said repeatedly that the number of lab-confirmed cases is only the "tip of the iceberg" when it comes to the true number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
The state of Minnesota has set up a data portal at mn.gov/covid19.
The first case in Minnesota was confirmed on March 6.
Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (WDHS) reported 1,681 new cases Saturday, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 531,852.
Health officials reported 42 new deaths on Saturday as the total number of fatalities rose to 5,685, approximately 1.1% of those who are infected with the virus.
Due to high case numbers, Gov. Tony Evers issued a new emergency order mandating indoor face coverings on Friday, Nov. 20 that will last 60 days.
On Tuesday, Dec. 22 Gov. Evers announced that his administration has struck a deal with Vault Medical Services to provide free at-home COVID-19 saliva tests, according to the Associated Press. Anyone interested in a test can order one through the state Department of Health Services website starting immediately. Users must collect a sample as a Vault testing supervisor looks on via Zoom and then mail it back to a Vault lab using a prepaid label that comes with the kit. Results will take 48 hours to 72 hours.
Wisconsin health officials say a total of 23,625 people have been hospitalized from the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, about 4.4% of the total number of people who have been diagnosed with the virus.
Of the confirmed cases in Wisconsin, 19% involve people between the ages of 20 to 29, 16% are between 30 and 39, 15% are between 50 and 59, and 14% are 40 to 49. An estimated 11% are between 10 and 19, and another 11% are between 60 and 69.
As of Saturday, Milwaukee County reported the largest number of confirmed cases with 93,118, along with 1,113 deaths. Waukesha County has reported 38,394 confirmed cases and 420 deaths, Dane County has reported 37,078 confirmed cases and 229 deaths, and Brown County has reported 28,770 cases and 190 deaths.
A more detailed breakdown of cases by county can be found on the DHS website.
The first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Wisconsin was reported in a patient in Dane County in early February.
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